In his new book, celebrated poet, essayist, and Director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill explores the nature of terror, its place in the post-911 world and how terror unites and galvanizes those in the throes of it. In The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.
For centuries humans have been trying to better understand the mind of animals, but one researcher believes humans can find some of the answers by looking at our own behavior. University of Iowa Psychology Professor Ed Wasserman, discusses animal cognition, human invention, and intelligent design.
An Iowa man and his sons made a huge discovery on their Oskaloosa farm recently. Now scientists are in the process of excavating a mammoth skeleton. We’ll hear what they hope to learn from the find. Then, 18-year-old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids. Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.
What keeps you awake at night? This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorder Center. We'll hear about a new study on restless leg syndrome being conducted at the University of Iowa, a study linking sleep apnea to cancer and new research showing that most managers sleep with their smartphones. Dyken also tells us about how sleeping with a spouse can be beneficial.
Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what Scott Walker’s success in overcoming a recall election means for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa’s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.
Epilepsy affects nearly three million Americans. During this program, Charity talks with Dr. Jeffrey Noebels of the Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine. He’ll share what he and his fellow researchers have discovered about the genes and mechanisms that underlie epilepsy and how epilepsy is related to memory. Dr. Noebels is in Iowa City to speak as part of the UI's Health Science Research Week. Later, the talk turns to the giant short-faced bear, an animal that stood more than 11 feet high and lived in Iowa during the Ice Age.
A recent analysis shows Iowa’s civil rights complaints are being systematically dismissed at an alarming rate. A study calls the Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the complaints an indication of “a seriously flawed enforcement process.” Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Arnold Woods, the President of the Des Moines chapter of the NAACP and Beth Townsend, the director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Then, Ben talks with Chris Merrill, the director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Merrill recently returned from Afghanistan where he conducted a s
Nearly four years ago flood waters dramatically changed the landscape in Iowa City. Over the next few years the campus will be transformed again as the University of Iowa replaces the lost buildings. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll hear about recently approved plans to rebuild the University of Iowa arts campus, including a new Hancher Auditorium, Art Building and Music Building.
School nurses still take care of cuts and scrapes--they take temperatures and decide when it's time to call Mom or Dad. But these days, they do a whole lot more. They dispense lots of medications and deal with children who have a variety of pre-existing medical conditions. We'll speak with Janice Telsrow, a school nurse in the Davenport Community School District, who sees up to 115 children in her office every day. Also, we'll find out about how technology has revolutionized nursing school.
Voters in New Hampshire are weighing in on the Republican Presidential race. We analyze the results of the first-in-the-nation primary with Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio, Granite State political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. Join host, Ben Kieffer, as we discuss the outcome and implications. Who moves on to South Carolina? Who bows out?